Shimabuku, "When Sky was Sea", 2002

14th Biennale de Lyon discusses the concept of modernity through the work of over 60 artists

(Lyon, France)

Each Biennale, artistic director of the Lyon Contemporary Art Biennale Thierry Raspail invites guest curators to reflect on a word that is frequently used, holds artistic and social implications, and has vast configurations that are never precisely defined. The chosen keyword applies to three Biennales. This year, the 14th Biennale de Lyon, “Floating Worlds”, is the is the second volume of a trilogy around the word “modern”. Over 67 artists from all over the world, including PIPA Prize 2014 Finalist Daniel Steegman Mangrané, presents works that explores the concept of modernity in different approaches.   

The Biennale takes its title “Floating world” from the a Japanese word that describes a view of the world as impermanent and continuously renewing itself, a source of freedom and creativity. In a dialogue with the city in which is held (Lyon), known to be “born of the waters”, this year’s Biennale also discusses the identity of a place that is partly shaped by the omnipresence of water (market by its impermanence), referencing the “liquidity” of the world and of identities in Zygmunt Bauman’s analysis of modernity.

In a context of relentless globalization, generating constant mobility and accelerated flow, the Biennale is exploring the legacy and scope of “modernity” in the art of our time. “The works featured in these Floating worlds are underpinned by the awareness that imagination, poetry and art are all instruments that reveal, as well as being antidotes to, the instability of the present time”, says Emma Lavigne, curator of this year’s Biennale.

14th Biennale de Lyon, “Floating Worlds”, featuring Doug Aitken, Lara Almarcegui, Laurie Anderson, Hans Arp, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Davide Balula, Robert Barry, Berger&Berger, Dominique Blais, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Thierry Boutonnier, George Brecht, Robert Breer, Marcel Broodthaers, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Elisabeth S. Clark, Bruce Conner, Philip Corner, Julien Creuzet, Dadamaino, Julien Discrit, Lucio Fontana, Lars Fredrikson, Susanna Fritscher, Jochen Gerz, Marco Godinho, Brion Gysin, Hans Haacke, Anawana Haloba, Hao Jingfang & Wang Lingjie, Lee Mingwei, Ola Maciejewska, Heinz Mack, Jill Magid, Anna Maria Maiolino,  Jàn Mancuska, David Medalla, Cildo Meireles, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Yuko Mohri, Ernesto Neto, Rivane Neuenschwander, Camille Norment, Melik Ohanian, Damián Ortega, Fernando Ortega, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Lygia Pape, Ewa Partum, Pratchaya Phinthong, Otto Piene, Philippe Quesne, Lotty Rosenfeld, Tomás Saraceno, Paolo Scheggi, Shimabuku, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Diana Thater, David Tudor, Darío Villalba, Jorinde Voigt, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cerith Wyn Evans, Héctor Zamora and Icaro Zorbar
On view from September 20th 2017 through January 1st 2018
Various venues



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